con·​ven·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ kən-ˌven(t)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce conventionality (audio) \
plural conventionalities

Definition of conventionality

1 : a conventional usage, practice, or thing
2 : the quality or state of being conventional especially : adherence to conventions

Examples of conventionality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That conventionality makes these people more rather than less like us, which is salutary for human beings politically regarded as aliens. Christopher Knight,, "This artist’s portrait subjects: Fellow asylum seekers in the detention center," 22 June 2019 One of cinema’s great smolders ensues, as Archer — a helpless cog in high-class society’s machine of repression and conventionality — struggles mightily to keep his passions under wraps. Tyler Aquilina,, "Here are some underappreciated Martin Scorsese movies to pair with The Irishman," 1 Nov. 2019 If a concert of Grieg and Elgar sounds to you disappointing in its conventionality, know that two adventurous contemporary works are also the program. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Classical review: Minnesota Orchestra captivates with intimacy and beauty in season opener," 19 Sep. 2019 To be sure, there’s a familiarity to that Heart Of Darkness setup — and Roy’s whispered, on-the-nose voiceover often adds another level of conventionality. Rachel Yang,, "First Ad Astra reviews say Brad Pitt shines in thoughtful, slightly familiar movie," 29 Aug. 2019 Several of the familiar themes are there: the search for and betrayal of the lost mother; the double nature of father/lover and lover/brother; the defense of boredom or nothingness as a moral position more truthful than conventionality. Rachel Cusk, The New Yorker, "Françoise Sagan, the Great Interrogator of Morality," 21 Aug. 2019 This is not the kind of approach that usually inspires confidence; a sure route to conventionality is empty experimentation. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 WeWork gets credit for being a disrupter of sorts, and the company certainly has played up its lack of conventionality. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "WeWork Builds Real-Estate IPO on Tech Foundation," 29 Apr. 2019 On Twitter, Megan McArdle suggested to me that the fix for the family structure problem is for Hollywood to become moralistic and scoldy about unmarried parents and to valorize bourgeois conventionality. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Family structure matters, but can we do anything about it?," 5 Oct. 2018

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circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Conventionality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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